Aerospace

2007

Integration of PC-based Simulator Training in Technically Advanced Aircraft into the Department of Aerospace "Private Pilot Fundamentals" Course

Basic and Applied Sciences
Wendy Beckman

In the last five years, a new generation of training aircraft with highly sophisticated cockpit technology has become widely available. These aircraft are referred to as Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) and include an integrated cockpit that is quite different in layout and functionality than that of a conventional cockpit. While the MTSU Aerospace Department has implemented a new scenario-based flight training curriculum to support pilot training in these advanced aircraft, to date little work has been done in preparing the ground training curriculum that will support this new approach to flight training. The purpose of this project is to allow the Aerospace Department "Private Pilot Fundamentals" (AERO-2230) course to be updated to support the flight training that students will receive in the university's TAA. To assist students in understanding both the technical aspects of TAA, as well as the decision-making ramifications of operating in a TAA, the integration of a PC-based flight simulator into the class will be developed. Case studies (flight scenarios) will be developed, which will allow students to experience decision-making in a TAA in an interactive manner. The scenarios will allow students to make decisions based on the data available to them, and then experience the repercussions of their decisions in the safety of the classroom or computer lab. After the completion of each scenario, the students' decisions and outcomes will be analyzed and discussed as a class, allowing students to learn from each others' experiences.


2011

Development of Microsoft Flight Simulator Scenarios for AERO-3210 Professional Pilot II

Basic and Applied Sciences
Aerospace
Wendy Beckman